The GOP Psyche: An Explainer

I believe the Republican Party’s psychic break happened the moment their “compassionate conservative” economic philosophy melted the world’s economy. President George W. Bush, the champion of deregulation, bailed out the banks and then offered: “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” I know when I first heard it my head exploded.…

Employers Can Take ‘Personal Responsibility’ For Poverty Wages

Brace yourself America—Republicans have discovered poverty! Right here, right under their noses, 48 million Americans are, as Senator Marco Rubio puts it, “soon-to-haves.” Because nothing says you understand institutional and generational poverty like using corporate-ese to describe it. David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star Now that Republicans have acknowledged one-fifth of the wealthiest country in…

Focus on Winning

  Will Republicans ever learn? Will they get their own house in order in time to take control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016? Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star-Tribune Will they stop fighting with one another in public over internal family matters and focus the GOP’s collective eye on those…

Take Aim at the Real Enemy

While we watch the S.S. Obamacare sink beneath the waves, and while we watch the White House explain why its signature legislative “achievement” is not the titanic disaster we all knew it would be, I have some advice for my fellow Republicans. Shut up. Quit shooting Cruz missiles at each other. And take aim at…

RINOs and AINOs

Now we bore deep into the bunker that houses the triumphant Tea Party headquarters, where they are celebrating a tactical victory over the forces of complacency and complaining loudly about all the chicken-hearted Republicans In Name Only who bowed to the will of our socialist president, and voted to reopen the government and avoid a…

How to avoid another shutdown

It is difficult to explain the recent government shutdown to citizens of other nations. In most of the world’s democracies, this kind of disruption can’t happen. Rules are in place to keep the government running even if a new budget isn’t passed on time. The U.S. needs to reform its budgetary processes to prevent the…

Weaker by the Week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party. What isn’t? That’s no joke. Not for the GOP, not for the country. The party of Ronald Reagan is getting weaker by the week. Republican failure, Republican infighting, Republicans caving on their principles — it’s a grim soap opera, and…

Congress: The joke’s on us

In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring “the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people.” The book’s title told the whole story: “The Illustrious Dunderheads.” I’ve been thinking about Stout during the…

Fukushima Sushi

Which is harder to believe? The ludicrous shenanigans going down in Washington or the fact that nobody seems particularly interested in doing anything about them? Good neighbors — it looks like we got ourselves one heck of a bumper crop of official dysfunction this year. Near as high as Manute Bol’s eye. You’d think with…

A Mad Tea Party

WASHINGTON — HOW awful are Ted Cruz and his Cruzettes? They have done the impossible. They have made Americans look back at the Bush II era, the most reckless wrecking ball in American history, with relative nostalgia. With 78 percent of Americans feeling blue about the country being on the wrong track, according to a…